By Tim Clarke 17/05 Updated: 17/05 15:43
MORE jobs will be created at a factory in Worcester where production of the world-famous Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is set to be increased.
Worcester MP Robin Walker was told of the plans to boost output during a recent tour of the Midland Road factory which is now owned by Heinz, who took over the iconic county brand from French food giant Danone in 2005.
Overall production of sauces such as Worcestershire Sauce and other HP brands is set to increase from 7,500 tonnes to as much as 12,500 by 2013.
That will mean more jobs at the factory which has been the home of Lea and Perrins since the 19th Century, although Heinz has yet to confirm exactly how many new positions could be created.
Mr Walker enjoyed a tour of the Victorian factory and saw the cellars where the secret ingredients are matured for many years before being used to give the sauce its distinctive flavour.
Mr Walker said it was fantastic production was going to be increased and with it provide a much-needed boost to the city's employment.
“Lea and Perrins is a truly great global brand. When my parents visited China during the Cultural Revolution in the early 1970s they said that everything was different and there were no recognisable food brands anywhere on display," he said.
"The one exception was a bottle of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce in the government-run guest house where they stayed. Today the sauce is sold around the world, taking the name of Worcester into the farthest flung corners of the planet.
"It is fantastic that the production and the bottling of this iconic brand are still going on at the Midland Road factory where it all began. It is wonderful to see Lea and Perrins going from strength to strength and any news of job opportunities is something to relish.”
The Standard contacted Heinz but had not received a response at the time of going to press.
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